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Planned Parenthood Sues Arizona Over Funding Ban

Planned Parenthood Sues Arizona Over Funding Ban

Planned Parenthood has sued the state of Arizona, challenging a law that blocks funding for its health clinics in the state.

The law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer (R) in May, is part of a national campaign against women’s reproductive rights and the organizations that facilitate those rights launched by conservatives who are intent on rolling-back the clock on women’s economic gains. In that past two years alone 13 states, all led by hard-right lawmakers to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood.

This is the sixth lawsuit the organization has had to file to protect funding and ensure it can deliver the kind of health care services women need. Planned Parenthood has won injunctions in five states – Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas — arguing that it is being punished for providing constitutionally protected services and that women’s access to preventive healthcare is being blocked.

“It is wrong for the state to tell Arizonans who they can and cannot see for their healthcare. The men and women of this state have the right to see the healthcare provider they deem is best for them,” said Bryan Howard, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Arizona. The group, whose legal team for the case includes the American Civil Liberties Union, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Arizona, according to Planned Parenthood.

“We’re in court and in legislatures in almost every state in the country,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “It has just gotten crazy. This is what I hear from women — Republican women, independent women all over the country: They cannot believe that the Republican Party leadership is on a crusade to end birth-control access in America.”

The Arizona law could mean that almost 3,000 Medicaid patients receiving birth control and other preventive care at Planned Parenthood will no longer be eligible, said Howard of Planned Parenthood Arizona, who is a Republican.

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7:05AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Ron S. If you are going to start with name calling at least spell it right. "RACIST."
Planned Parenthood is needed all over this planet & as much here in Arizona. Brewer is a bit behind the times & off her damned rocker as well.
Minorites like Mexicans & more blacks need to get a grip on their desire & selfish want to spit out babies like rats, rabbits & roaches. There are near eight billion people on this planet. Mother Earth is worn to a depleted frazzle in trying to keep up with all the taking of her natural resources from trees to the oil. Human as a whole have totally become blind to all of what the ravaging & destruction we've done.
Three fourth of all we have materially is not in the least bit needed. Who the hell cares if you have blazing pink nails & toenails that shine in the dark. Or a sequined dress that has a plunging neckline to your knees.
The only living beings on this earth who have never worn false eye lashes & painted flaming red toenails are animals.......
Animals have more common sense than almost 95% of the human race.
Perhaps we humans had better pop THE PILL to save ourselves & start living a quiet quaint lifestyle.

It really does work & is far less stressful than trying to look like Selena Gomez & cost a whole lot less too!!!! And by all means support Planned Parenthood.
Finally Brewer needs to get tons of mail supporting PP.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's

6:28AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Jan Brewer - basically one ugly B****, inside and out. Oh, and she may be a little rasist.

7:22PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

I support Planned Parenthood!

7:18PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

I wish everyone would realize once and for all that Planned Parenthood provides many healthcare services to women, such as cancer screenings and birth control. Why is it that every time the name Planned Parenthood is mentioned we are drowned in a barrage of anti-abortion rhetoric. The right wing faction has such a misguided and narrow view of what Planned Parenthood clinics do to serve the women in many communities who have no other access to the healthcare they need. What about all the lives they save through pap smears and mammograms? What about all the unwanted pregnancies they help to prevent by providing women with birth control? Abortion constitutes a small percentage of what they do. And by the way, it's still legal and within a woman's right to choose. So if you don't like the organisation, don't attend their clinics and don't support them. Personally, I'm going to send them a donation to help them fight their legal battles, because I think they provide an important service in giving healthcare access to lots of women who otherwise would have none!

6:56PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Planned Parenthood vs. Jan Brewer. Women's Rights vs. Someone trying to end them. I hope Planned Parenthood kicks Jan Brewer's saggy ass in court. You go girls.

5:19PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

LOL.....Glenna is burning up the thread with comments!!
Keep it up Glenna......You are a woman after my own heart!!

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

3:38PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

(cont to Mary H.) They may have to breathe by a machine or be fed through a tube but they are no longer being fed inside someone else. It is wrong to kill anyone who is already here - doesn't depend upon belief - it is wrong & it is just as wrong if the person is going to die or not (as witnessed by people who want to commit suicide). That is the main difference. The life while inside the womb is only a potential birth. Those who want those babies pray for their birth but it is still something that can go wrong.
If a child is a human being from conception, then why do we not celebrate their 1st birthday 3 months after the birth? Why wait a whole year later?

3:35PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Mary H, While I know that some women are pushed into abortions I don't think many are. It isn't like we carry a baby around for 5 or 6 months & then say - you know, I'm tired of this...I'll just go shopping & get an abortion. Most women look at their situation. They look at the fact that they already have children & no husband to support them. Or they look at the fact that their guy just left when they told them they were pregnant.
While it is true that some girls may be told that this is their only option, how many others are told they have NO option but to have this child & give it up for adoption? As for realizing it isn't just a clump of cells???? If it is early enough, in the first trimester, IT IS a clump of cells. Yes, we are smart enough to know that if we leave it, it becomes a baby & looks like one too - but in the early stages of pregnancy it may look like a baby,. it may have a heartbeat, but the brain is not developed enough to have human thought or emotion.
For the record, I would be just as pissed about a woman being forced to abort as I would be for a woman to be forced to carry a pregnancy to term if she didn't want to. IT IS A CHOICE BY THE WOMAN WHO IS AFFECTED & NO ONE ELSE.

3:35PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Glenna wrote:
"Abortion must remain a CHOICE for these reasons & more. If the law of the land provides for women who wish one to be able to have one. It does not force any woman to have one should she not choose to - it shouldn't force them to have to carry a child to term either! Choice of treatment should only concern the woman the birth will affect & any people she should choose to help make the decision."

Amen Glenna.......Amen.

Wherever you go there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

2:34PM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Mary H - you cannot EVER equate a pregnancy with slavery. Slavery is the ownership of a living, breathing sentient human being & all their families. It is being able to beat them at will or kill them without any fear of punitive measures for it. It isn't right for anyone to OWN anyone else, ever. It isn't one of those "well I believe I can own a person & you don't have to things." Slaves KNOW they are slaves. Don't try to throw that red herring into the mix. &
If we follow YOUR way, women are the slaves & they are slaves to something that isn't even drawing its own breath yet; the babies wouldn't be the slaves, they would be the masters.

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